Mega-Problems in Public Health

Discussion Topic 1: Mega-Problems in Public Health

Although individual countries are plagued with regional health concerns, there are mega-problems in public health that reach global proportions. You will choose one of the following mega-problems:

Global warming

Population growth

Loss of fishing stocks

Shanty cities

Spread of deserts

Terrorism

Compose a main post in which you analyze the mega-problem.

200 words

Your completed responses should follow the conventions of Standard American English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.). Your writing should be well ordered, logical, and unified, as well as original and insightful. Your work should display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics. When citing sources, please be sure to use APA style guidelines.

Mega-Problems in Public Health:

            Regardless of the fact that individual countries are weighed down by regional health issues, there exist mega-problems in the public health sector, which reaches global proportions. With the increased terrorist activities globally, there is a need for government agencies and health professionals’ representatives at the local, provincial, and state levels to identify the unaddressed response needs and cross-border emergency preparedness, as well as develop strategies through which the needs can be addressed (Wittes, 2012). There should be a system for secure and rapid information exchange. More importantly, there is a need for specific quarantine and isolation protocols involving multi-state responses. There should be application of a coordinated system-wide strategy to public health practice (Wittes, 2012).  

            In the present day global economy, there is immense interdependence due to the rapid movement of values, products, and people across borders. As a result of the increased exchange, there is an increased public health risk. Such issues cannot be addressed by professional, jurisdictional, and geopolitical considerations alone; there is a need for cooperation and collaboration between people operating without borders (Wittes, 2012). Public health programs are essential in training reassigned and new staff operating in the challenging areas involving cross-border issues. In the presence of a leadership history in public health workforce development and public health preparedness, the public health schools and programs can offer a cooperation and collaboration forum for state and local public health professionals who are challenged with recovery, response, and preparedness for all urgent public health threats.

Reference

Wittes, B. (2012). Campaign 2012: Twelve independent ideas for improving American public      policy. Washington, D.C: Brookings Institution Press.

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